Gay men who came out in 2010
Ryan Buell (September 21, 2010)
The paranormal investigator and host of A&E's Paranormal State came out as bisexual in his memoir this year.
From our extended interview with Ryan Buell...
My one friend jokes about me and he says "You got half a blue side, half a pink side. Which shirt are you wearing today?"
I wouldn't say it's easier for us [bisexuals], I wouldn't say it's harder for us. To be honest, I don't have that many gay or bisexual friends. Here in this college town especially, where it's definitely more liberal and you see a little bit more sexual freedom and experimentation. Growing up and in college, I've met a lot of guys who are bisexual, you know, football players, athletes. Traveling in New York City and LA, you know, entertainment people who very much are bisexual.
But that part is more of their secret part, that they may date a girl but then they have something on the side with a guy. My theory is, it's easier because it's not like you're lying to yourself all the way when you're dating a girl because you're generally attracted to her. It's not like that gender turns you off.
I would say it's difficult in the sense that you do feel society telling you it's gotta be one thing or the other. That's kind of the hardest part right now, is saying you have to pick one.
Tiziano Ferro (October 5th, 2010)
The 30-year-old Italian pop singer has sold more than eight million albums worldwide. In October, Ferro told the Italian version of Vanity Fair that after a long period of confusion, he is finally recognizing himself as a gay man.
Jim Swilley (October 13th, 2010)
In what might be both the most unexpected and the bravest coming out this year, the Georgia mega-church pastor announced that he was gay in a sermon to his congregation.
Highly unusual for an evangelical leader, he wasn't forced into the revelation by any tawdry gay sex scandal. He just felt called to do it because of the recent epidemic of teen suicides, particularly that of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi.
"There are two things in my life that are an absolute. I did not ask for either one of them. Both of them were imposed on me. I had no control over them. One was the call of God on my life … the other thing was my sexual orientation,"
What was your coming out story?